Wednesday, April 29, 2009

merci beaucoup, hero arts!

"how much loot can a person snag with one $50 HERO ARTS gift certificate?"

well, i am here to report that the answer to that question is: "quite a lot, actually!!!"


yepper, you see above the fruits of my "fresh face" win from last month. nice, eh?! it took me a while to choose from allllllll the good stuff in the online store, but i managed eventually. i went a leeeeeetle bit over...but then the lovely stef (my mentoress in all things stamp-related) told me about the "blogiversary discount" they were also having at the time...and my bucks went a bit further, even! gotta love HERO ARTS, i say!!! and once again i thank them for their generosity!

anyway, i was dying to play with my swag, and came up with this for a first go using the eiffel tower, which i stamped on a page from a vintage french dictionary, a few bits and bobs later, et voila:

(stamps: hero arts; patterned paper: k&co; kraft cardstock: hobby lobby (thanks, stef!!!); journaling card, stick pin & letter stickers: making memories; clipart bird: anahata katkin; flowers: prima; rub-ons: basic grey & american crafts; other: gems from michaels, vintage millinery pearls from the lovely debb, corrugated cardboard ripped from an old box, colorbox & bazzill inks; adhesives: tombow mono adhesive runner, uhu gluestick, 3m foam tape, gluedots & a bit of scotch tape securing the wired pearls to the back of the journaling card!)

i used a second stamp from this lot on my card, can you spot it? no??! want me to give you a little hint? okey dokey...two words:


these could easily become my new obsession, so lemme just apologize right now, in advance, for their obnoxious over-use on my part!!! but when you ink that houndstooth background up nice & dark... (i used colorbox pigment ink to get realllllllly dark, wet coverage) ...and stamp neatly on some nice flat paper primas... OOH LA LA, mes amies...c'est amour!!!


  1. HOW FUN for you!!!! One day I hope I can make something that will grab their attention :)
    I LOVE that card that won. Very ingenious like.
    You obviously picked the perfect stamps for you, with such a wonderful piece of art resulting from your gifts :)

  2. You scored BIG time! I just loaded up a small box of Hero Arts stamps I thought I might try to sell on ebay, but you have convinced me to give that a second thought with your houndstooth flowers.

    And your card is WONDERFUl, as usual :)

  3. Nice loot! And I am totally envious of your 'a few bits and bobs' part, because that is the part I DO NOT GET. I did not get that gene in my pool!!!! LOVELY, creations, as always!

  4. Ahhh Hero Arts is AWESOME! I had a $25 gift certificate from them and recently used it to buy the houndstooth stamp as well- I think it's my favorite stamp EVER. I actually blogged about it today. :) Seriously, Hero Arts is an awesome company. Congratulations on your win and your goodies!

  5. Haha Lauren that made me laugh! Okay, so I've never had an awesome houndstooth blazer- I'm totally jealous of that, by the way, but I'm glad you'll let me share your houndstooth love. Ha! Oh, and I used clear embossing powder on the pink paper- it worked like a charm!

  6. A totally fabulous (and well deserved)prize package!

    GORGEOUS card! LOVE the stamping on text, LOVE the stamping on Primas, LOVE the whole dang thing actually!

    (-: Heidi

  7. Loving the Eiffel tower on the french dictionary...I have one of those, but I actually use it as a dictionary, so puling out pages to stamp on might not be a great! I'll have to try and find another one that I can use for papercrafts :)
    This card is just totally spectacular!!! I'm so glad that you got so many lovely goodies for your win...have fun playing and I look forward to the next installment of the houndstooth flowers :)

  8. Wow check out all that great stuff!!! oooh how much fun. Congrats on your win. Great card!!!

  9. OMG......this is awesome!!!!! Look at all those stamps!! (yep, found you again!!!)
    Love what you did with it and am a tiny bit France..want stamps too LOLOL

  10. Okay, when can I come over to play? Now that is some serious swag my dear!!! LOVE your card..oy vey...fantabulous!!!

  11. So glad you got some good stuff. HA are amazingly generous. You can't go wrong with the Mix and Match Elements. And that catalog has given me many an hour of drool...

  12. this card is really awesome!! and i love the hounds tooth flowers too!!


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